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This event was held at the Travelodge in Darwin on Friday evening, 10th July, 2013. Interest and attendance was beyond our expectations for a smaller population with 24 local doctors and nurses attending. Assoc. Prof. Warrick Inder, from Princess Alexandra presented for us on “recognising the patient in primary care” and “long term follow up”.
Cristel, originally from Darwin, told of per personal story of the difficulties and frustration of trying to find a reason for all her debilitating symptoms, ending with a personal thank you to the Endocrinologist who “picked it straight off”. Sue also spoke of a long diagnosis time, and the fact that her conditions was cyclicable (meaning the blood tests were normal and not normal at other times) also mentioning that she knew from the signals from her body that the condition had returned before getting results from blood tests. Both women encouraged doctors to listen to their patients, and Assoc. Prof. Inder re-enforced that opinion in his presentation.
Dr Michael Nixon (NT Remote Health), Sue Kozij, Dr Warrick Inder, Dr AnnieWhybourne (Paediatrician), Cristel Woelfel, Dr Barbara Bauert (Public Health Physician)
Everyone enjoyed it so much they remained seated on conclusion for a relaxed question and answer setting. On arrival while welcoming guests a question was asked by an attendee: “What one most profound symptom would inspire me to run those expensive tests?” The answer? “Usually you need to identify a cluster of symptoms, and one of the most profound symptoms for many is very common – fatigue.” After a quick chat with Dr Inder he then included in his presentation that it was a misconception that pituitary tests were expensive.